Maintaining Your Water Heater

Maintaining Your Water Heater

The water heater that is in your home is something that you may take for granted or even
forget that it is there. You would notice very quickly if your water heater
wasn’t working well though. You would be taking cold showers and
washing your hands and dishes in cold water. It can be a big inconvenience
when your water heater breaks down which is why maintaining your water
heater is imperative.

The last thing you want is to be dealing with is the trouble of dealing
with a malfunctioning water heater. There are some routine maintenance
items that you can do on your own in order to maintain your hot water
heater and then there are some more involved things for which you might
need to utilize a professional like
American Mechanical.

Draining Your Water Heater

Periodically, about once per year, you will want to either drain your
water tank yourself or have a professional do it for you. Sediment and
mineral deposits will build up as time goes on and this can have a negative
impact on how your water heater works. It can sometimes block the internal
components from properly heating the water so you won’t have as
hot of water as you would like. Internal components can even rust or break
because of these deposits. Keep in mind that draining these tanks can
be dangerous. You have hot water inside of the tank whether it is getting
to your upstairs faucets or not. Always be very cautious when hooking
up hoses and opening valves or leave this job to the pros that know what
they are doing.

Checking The Outside Of The Tank

This can be a simple process that you can do on your own. You want to
check the tank itself and the exterior components to see if there is any
rust present. Anything below the tank or if you notice any type of condensation,
take a close look with a flashlight. Signs of issues are most prominent
on the outside of your tank. Of course this could mean there is an issue
on the inside of your tank that you will want a professional to look into
before considering buying a new water heater altogether.

Routine maintenance is important for some many different aspects of your
home and your water heater is just as important as your furnace, duct-work
and electrical. If you notice something is amiss with your hot water system
like incorrect temperatures, or leaks, now is the time to call American
Mechanical. We work on both gas and electric heaters.

Call our Virginia Beach water heater professionals today at
(757) 703-1529 to handle all of your water heater needs, from installation to repair
to maintenance!

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